This graphic from the Lassen County COVID-19 Dashboard shows the sharp increase of new cases in the month of December.

Lassen County reported more than 900 COVID-19 community cases in December

The month of December saw a surge of positive COVID-19 cases being reported, with more than 900 cases and six of the nine community deaths during the final month of the year, according to information from Lassen Cares.

The month of January seems to be calming down some with many cases being reported recovered. As of Thursday evening, there were 256 active community cases, 10 hospitalized, nine deaths and 1,319 recovered — 33 new cases since the prior Wednesday update.

According to Health and Social Services Director Barbara Longo, where most transmissions are happening is not clear.

“At this point it is difficult to discern where people are contracting the virus because of the volume of community and private mixing. People are not always forthcoming or forget who and where they have been prior to becoming infected,” she wrote.

In Lassen County, four of the local community deaths have been from residents 85 years and older; three have been between 75 and 84 years old; and one has been a resident between the ages of 55 and 64.

Regarding the Project Baseline Testing, Lassen County was able to get an extension with the current lab, Verily, through Jan. 15; however, Longo noted the state will not extend beyond that date.

“We will transition to a new state vended contractor, OptumServe and are currently working out the details on the courier service since the lab is 9 hours away (not accounting for inclement weather). From what I understand, they will swing by Susanville to pick up our tests while on their way to CDCR CCC and HDSP,” Longo wrote.